BUILD– Tong Camera

Say Hello to Kamera no.10 Tong camera (working name). Built mostly during our 'Lockdown'. It is the 5th generation of instant-portrait cameras I've built, this one a development from the main camera no.1 Interchange with many design upgrades. I have gathered many thoughts on how to make this build as simple and easy as possible, using found materials and inspired from my experience with indigenous communities here on the Peninsular with their building methods and materials used. Even some of the Tong (containers) are from their villages.

It is still not complete, because I don't have access to getting some paint/ build materials, tools and other photographic materials in the studio during this lockdown period. But I'm happy to share this new prototype range and some of the new features it will be able to perform. (Credit to FABLAB of Taipei too for helping in making a crucial part, back in November 2019).

- Much lighter about 1.5kg (below 2kg i think, don't have my weighing scale)
- waterproof! for washing
- rear standard movements (for fine focusing)
- vertical and horizontal format
- 4x5"and smaller multi-format print size
- interchangeable lenses
- colour prints (BW as well) chemical prints!
- handheld box cameras (used in combination)
- HDPE plastics, highly recyclable and remoulded

prototype no.10 Kamera Tong (working name)
prototype no.10 Kamera Tong, made in asli-asia
building the prototype
size comparison prototype no.1 & no.10
Taipei city, plastic-wear market, 20 litre
prototyping, sourced new/used 10 & 20 litre container
container backpacks, Kurau village, Carey Island, Selangor
Dave, Kurau river village, Carey Island, Selangor
Plastic supplies and kitchen ware, Chemor, Perak
indigenous household, Jemol village, Upper Perak
Building materials, Miri town, seaside village, Sarawak
found sample prototype, abandoned outpost, Upper Perak
Hen Rie, collector of container, Leyef village, Upper Perak
Palm oil estate, migrant worker, Upper Perak
Estate supply store, palm oil plantation, Upper Perak
Upper Perak, palm oil plantation
used HDPE container pile, Jemeri village, Rompin, Perak

29 August— Most Chatty Grandma, she just kept talking to me in every dialect i could recognise, from hakka, teo chew, kwong tong, hainan, hokkien, huar yee, 'panai ah' (pandai ah /smart ah) she said, in my most broken mandarin cantonese malay nyonya in trying to have a conversation. My recommended bundle shop for jackets from Communist China. for use in my latest camera build. I hardly negotiated, just by passing all the money i had to the cutest por por. I bought two jackets here too, back in 2014. (Kedai Kasut Sinni Enterprise) #KantaPortraits #kantaboxkamra #4Woodie #10TGbuild @ Kampung baru, sungai buloh